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Laura N. Gitlin

Director of the Jefferson Center for Applied Research On Aging and Health

Thomas Jefferson University

HQ Phone:  (215) 955-6000

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Thomas Jefferson University

111 South 11Th Street Suite 1990 Gibbon Building

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,19107

United States

Company Description

Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia, is nationally renowned for medical and health sciences education and innovative research. Founded in 1824, TJU includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC...more

Background Information

Employment History

Director

Center For Senior Health


Director the Aging Intervention Center At Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University


Director

Jefferson Medical College


Professor, Director Center for Innovative Care In Aging

The Hopkins Johns Hospital


Affiliations

Abramson Center for Jewish Life

Board Member


Lighthouse International Inc

Advisory Boards Member


American Occupational Therapy Association , Inc.

Member


Education

Ph.D

The Thomas Jefferson University


Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University


PhD

John Hopkins University School of Nursing


PhD

National Institute of Mental Health


PhD

The Senior Health Institute


PhD

Thomas Jefferson University , College of Health Professions


PhD

Thomas Jefferson University , Philadelphia


PhD

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Web References(106 Total References)


Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society

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The sixth President's Award (2009) was presented to Laura Gitlin, PhD of Thomas Jefferson University for her leadership in Research in the fields of Gerontology and Geriatrics.


Polisher Research Institute - Board of Directors

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Laura Gitlin, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health Thomas Jefferson University


www.lighthouse.org

Laura Gitlin
Director, Thomas Jefferson University


Pride Mobility Products Corp. - Resource Center - Maintaining Mobility

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Laura Gitlin, PhD, director of community and home care, research division of the College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, concurs that assistive equipment should not be purchased for an elderly patient without consultation from an occupational or physical therapist.
"It is easier to make recommendations about equipment and safety concerns, but when it comes to making the actual choice of a particular piece of adaptive equipment, a rehab professional is necessary," Gitlin says. "When a PT or OT first meets an elderly patient in the rehab environment, in many instances that represents the first time that individual has experienced an acute change in his health and functional status," Gitlin says. "Whether it is a hip fracture, stroke or chronic condition, the rehab professional needs to be sensitive to the fact that the change in this patient's health has great significance in how he redefines who he is and what he is capable of doing." Gitlin has also found in her research that assistive equipment has both positive and negative aspects for most geriatric patients. Obviously the positive aspect is that the equipment can help enable patients to live independently and resume functions that were performed before the change in health status. The negative is that the piece of equipment is symbolic of the fact that now there is a change in their health or function," Gitlin says. The patient's mixed emotions play an important tool in the rehabilitation process, and it is essential to address these feelings prior to the patient's discharge. Although Gitlin believes that many improvements have been made is assistive equipment, which has made the devices less intimidating for the elderly, she still believes that manufacturers should pay more attention to user needs and desires. She cites the case of a piece of assistive equipment a manufacturer gave her and her staff to evaluate. "We had our own opinions about the product, but what was most interesting was that when we shared it with potential users, they came up with 20 to 50 other recommendations that never would have occurred to us, since we personally do not have a need for the product," Gitlin says. In an informal study, Gitlin studied the perceptions of low-income seniors who were given bathroom assistive equipment. Until then, they had never used this type of equipment in their homes. "The reported benefits were overwhelming," Gitlin says. "They stated they needed less assistance from caregivers, could perform bathroom functions more independently, and felt a sense of normalcy and well-being," she adds.


Integrative Occupational Therapy

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Tailored Activity to Reduce Neuropsychiatric Behaviors (research intervention that develops activities designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimers or Alzheimers-related dementias, with collaborative consideration for the caregivers and physical environment); Grant #R21 MH069425, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; principal investigator, Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Director, Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University
Project COPE (research intervention that addresses concerns of caregivers caring for family members with Alzheimers and Alzheimers-related dementias); Grant SAP #4100027298, funded as part of the Center of Excellence, Pa. Department of Health; principal investigator, Barry Rovner; principal investigator of project, Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Director, Jefferson Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health, Thomas Jefferson University


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